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Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Access to Justice: Diana Lowe on the theory of change | Thomas Cromwell

Alberta has been engaged for several years in an ambitious family law reform effort. I spoke to Diana Lowe, co-lead of the Reforming the Family Justice System initiative, about what they have been doing and what’s ahead. Here is what she told me. ... [read more]

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

How law schools can teach innovation | Rebecca Lockwood

In an article earlier this month, I argued that legal education should place more emphasis on teaching innovative thinking, not just logical analysis. Though this may seem antithetical to the study of law, there are various ways that innovation can be taught in law schools. Legal education can learn from other disciplines that have effectively and explicitly incorporated innovation into their teaching models. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:15 AM

Assembly of First Nations election a battle for sovereignty | Pamela Palmater

The Assembly of First Nations will hold its election for National Chief on July 25 in Vancouver. While elections for Prime Minister, Premier and even Mayors attract nightly political commentary, analysis and predictions in the months and weeks prior to their elections, there is generally very little commentary about the AFN election outside of Indigenous media like APTN, Windspeaker or smaller Indigenous political blogs. Yet, what is at stake in this election for First Nations should be of great concern to Canadians. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

The law of abortion access: What Ireland can teach Canada | Jennifer Taylor

On May 25, 2018, Ireland voted by referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution, which had prohibited abortion in the country Referenda are not foreign to Canadians by any stretch, but the Irish notion of putting individual rights and freedoms to a popular vote might seem antithetical here, in light of the Charter. As Justice Rowe recently asked in Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University 2018 SCC 32, “Is not one of the purposes of the Charter to protect against the tyranny of the majority?” ... [read more]

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Common social media traps for law firms | Kim McLaughlin

I often hear the refrain “social media doesn’t work for lawyers” or “we tried it in 2016 and it didn’t do anything for us.” Law firms often have a tough time with social media, and it comes down to four common traps that lead to underwhelming results. Here they are. ... [read more]

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 1:08 PM

TWU, law societies and a can of worms | Robert Harvie

Having been a bencher with the Law Society of Alberta when the Trinity Western University (TWU) issue first came to fruition, I was involved in the discussion and debate about how we would respond to TWU graduates once their program was approved by the Federation of Law Societies. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

The Trudeau government and the recriminalization of cannabis | Michael Bryant

Cannabis crime will go up, not down, now that cannabis has been “legalized” by the Trudeau government. Because the law that passed Parliament amounts to a recriminalization of cannabis possession, production and commercialization. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

SCOTUS and the right side of history | Jennifer Taylor

The last page of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in Trump v. Hawaii is now hanging on my office door. It’s a reminder of two things: First, court decisions are not always right (the majority in Trump v. Hawaii upheld the president’s so-called travel ban, a proclamation imposing “entry restrictions” on, and effectively banning travellers from, several mostly Muslim-majority countries). ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Why law schools must teach innovation | Rebecca Lockwood

Innovation is everywhere these days, even in the legal profession. Lawyers aren’t typically described as such, but it is a characteristic that is increasingly sought after. As the legal landscape shifts — for economic and technological reasons among others — lawyers must do the same to keep up. And being innovative is key to this process. However, it’s not a quality that is traditionally developed in law school. Legal education must also move with our dynamic profession and build innovation into law curricula to adequately prepare future lawyers for practice. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Wellness: Envy is the enemy of mental health for lawyers | Darryl Singer

In last month's wellness column, I wrote about the three main things I learned as a result of my recovery from addiction and depression and specifically how you can take those lessons and apply them immediately to start living a more fulfilled life. ... [read more]